Art Heists: Captivating Reading

GardnerHeist, Books, Art

This week marks the 23rd anniversary of one of the worlds largest and most famous unsolved art heists.  In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men, dressed as policemen, bluffed their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  The thieves tied up two security guards with duct tape and made off with 13 of the museum’s masterpieces.  The stolen pieces included two Rembrandts, five Degas drawings, as well as a Vermeer and a Manet.  The value on today’s market is $500 million and there is a $5 million reward offered for return of the art.

The FBI announced this week they have identified the thieves and are requesting the public’s assistance in finding the masterpieces.  Interestingly, the statute of limitations has expired and the thieves will not be prosecuted for this crime–though they still can be prosecuted if they possess the art (which is considered doubtful.)  The two men are not named, but the FBI did identify them as members of an organized crime group on the East coast.  The movie-like mystery thickens…

Coincidentally, I had been reading The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser and another book, Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony Amore this week.  Both provide captivating reading.  Stealing Rembrandts highlights many art heists and delves into the motives and methods of many famous art heists (solved and unsolved.)  So if you’re looking for a new book with a current events twist, I highly recommend both books…

The Gardner Heist, Art Theft, Books, Reading,

My Favorite Quilting Books-

Diane Gaudynski, free motion quilting, Guide To Machine Quilting

Whenever I sit down to sew, Diane Gaudynski’s books, Guide to Machine Quilting and  Quilt Savvy are right by my side.  Both books are filled with tips, techniques, quilt motifs as well as inspiration.  You can check out her website here.

Ms. Gaudynski (a lovely lady that I had the pleasure to meet while I lived in Milwaukee) is a Master Quilter and has won many, many top honors.  All of her quilts are stitched on standard sewing machine–no long arm for her!  In other words, there is hope for all of us!  Ms. Gaudynski has written two books.  I like both, but if you can only buy one, I’d recommend the smaller, spiral bound Quilt Savvy.  In fact, if you could only own one book on free motion quilting–I’d recommend Quilt Savvy!  Do I sound like a commercial?

Diane Gaudynski, free motion quilting,

The other book that is always by my side when I sew…

free motion quilting, sketchbook, doodles

My doodle notebook...I hope you have been working on your very own Doodle Notebook..If you haven’t started one…check out the post, Doodlers are Smarter!..here.

Diane Gaudynski, free motion quilting, doodles, sketchbook

You might also like: Doodles Make the Best Quilt Designs  I will be adding several more posts on keeping quilting notebooks in the near future.  I think notebooks/sketchbooks are very important!

And don’t forget to leave a comment in Kiss the Blarney Stone Giveaway–you might be the lucky one who wins the Shamrock Doodle Quilt!

In other news…I’ve added a “Bookshelf” Tab above.  I will be adding my favorites to it slowly–so check it often.